“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.”
Been reading stories today about people who have left the church. By far the most common reason for leaving is being hurt by Christians or the church. As someone who has been deeply wounded by the church, this quote came to mind, and it’s really no surprise to me.
Is it part of the church’s calling to provide grace to people?
What does that mean to you? When someone messes up, hurts you, betrays you, is it your inclination to give that person grace?
Think really hard about that. If the lead pastor of your church was caught in an adulterous relationship, what would your response be? What would the response your congregation be?
Pastors preach grace from the pulpit, but the church teaches retaliation and indoctrination with their actions. Is it any wonder then when people in the church don’t give grace to the church when they have been wronged?
News: when you get people together, they sometimes hurt each other, just as cars sometimes bump into each other. The church is no different. Just ask yourself if you are going to give grace to the people who hurt you or if you are going to act out of bitterness and instinct and lash back at them.
And let me take this chance to say that, as someone who has been ‘burned’ by the church, as they say, I am truly sorry if you have gone through the same. It is wrong and messed up and it makes you question your beliefs and experiences. I chose to give my church grace (after some time alone) and I would encourage you to do the same, it takes a great weight off your shoulders and it puts a lot of the thoughts and pain you have experienced into a new perspective. I have some differences in belief, but that is ok. Nothing will ever change if you just walk away.